Soon after coming to power in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath led BJP government has sought to regularise the madrasas present in the state.
The compliance included having to on the newly launched “Madrasa Portal” of the state government. The madrasas were required to upload the details of the teachers, support staff and also were required to provide infrastructure details along with photographs.
We had reported in September how the madrasas had become lackadaisical in their approach with only about 3000 out of a total of about 19,143 having registered themselves on the portal. Later it was also reported that, as a response to that the Yogi government had stopped the funding of about 46 fully aided madrasas in the state.
Now it seems that the Yogi government has continued its scrutiny, after reports have claimed that the government may cancel the accreditation of 2,682 madrasas, as they have failed to submit their details on the madrasa portal despite several reminders. Apart from the reminders, even the deadlines for registration were extended twice. Reports also claimed that the 2682 madrasas would now also not be able to avail government benefits.
Reportedly the last date of uploading the details was 15th October and and till then about 16,461 madrasas had successfully uploaded their details which included providing photographs, building and class measurements.
This step which has reportedly been taken by the Yogi government to eliminate possible fraud happening in the religious institutions. The new rules also stipulated that the teachers’ salary was also supposed to be paid online, which had necessitated that their details be provided on the portal. Till the last date, the data of about 32,483 teachers was uploaded online.
This new registration process isn’t the only reason why the state’s madrasas have been in the limelight.
In the buildup to the Independence Day it was reported how the Yogi government had directed all madrasas in the state to unfurl national flag and recite the national anthem on 15th August. They were also asked to photograph/videograph the proceedings.
This had resulted in protests from various corners about the government carrying out a test of patriotism. We had later debunked this whole charge by pointing out how it was standard “Sarkari” circular, which the Yogi government had issued after being instructed to do so by the Allahabad High Court.